September 18, 2014 - 7:58 AM
KAMLOOPS - Just a week after a downtown church officially broke ground on a residential development, council a similar development is in process on the North Shore.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints on 8 Street is looking to rezone a portion of its property to allow for the construction of a four-storey building with commercial use on the ground flour and 38 residential units on the upper floors.
The city looks to encourage sustainable commercial areas through things such as residential development above commercial development in areas that are both transit and pedestrian friendly.
Currently the property consists of two separate parcels, one zoned for the church and a second that functions as a municipal lane way. The city agreed to sell the lane way parcel earlier this month and now the property owners and is part of the mixed-use development. Two other lots fronting on to 8 Street would be consolidated in the future as well.
In an effort to appease nearby residents, city staff suggested placing a restriction on the property limiting the building height to two storeys in some circumstances. There are 10 residential properties to the south and east of the property that share a portion of the property line. As the site plan stands the parking areas would be located along these areas.
A date has not yet been set for the public hearing but it is expected to take place later this fall.
The Kamloops United Church recently broke ground on the 429 St. Paul St. project, which is a mix of office, retail and residential use, including a number of affordable housing units.
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